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Joe Battista

From ice hockey to Intercollegiate Athletics and Smeal, Joe has been an integral part of the Penn State and State College communities since 1978. Battista was influential in the effort to bring varsity ice hockey to Happy Valley and in the building of Pegula Ice Arena. After a 2-year stint as VP of Hockey and Business administration for the Buffalo Sabres, “JoeBa” returned home to start “PRAGMATIC Passion”, LLC Consulting. An accomplished public speaker, writer, coach, and mentor, Joe lives in State College with his wife Heidi (PSU ’81 &’83), daughter Brianna (PSU ’15), and son’s Jon (PSU ’16), and Ryan (State High Class of 2019).

Articles by Joe Battista

There's No Place Like Home!
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There's No Place Like Home!
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I returned 'home' to Happy Valley in mid-August after a two-year stint commuting to Buffalo, N.Y. while working for the Sabres. I went there bright-eyed and fired up that I could be a real difference maker and found a culture for which I was simply not prepared. [Read More]
Making the Case for Hockey at Beaver Stadium
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Making the Case for Hockey at Beaver Stadium
111 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
It would be the equivalent of the economic impact of an Ohio State or Michigan playing football at Beaver Stadium and could even be greater since additional events surrounding the game would fill hotels and restaurants and be a boom to the area. [Read More]
Chasing the Dream ... Part II
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Chasing the Dream ... Part II
113 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
My new dream is to see Terry Pegula hoisting the Stanley Cup, and there's probably a lot of people who will chuckle and laugh at that vision. But they're probably the same people who laughed about building the Pegula Ice Arena and taking the Penn State hockey programs to full NCAA varsity status. [Read More]
It Takes a Team to Complete a Dream It Takes a Team to Complete a Dream
119 weeks ago - Town and gown
After three years of planning, designing, and building the Pegula Ice Arena, it is finally done and open to the public! “Team Pegula” got the building done on time and on budget. This project would not have been so successful without a great team effort! Team Pegula, as we [Read More]
Opening of Pegula Ice Arena, One of the Most Memorable Weekends of My Life
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Opening of Pegula Ice Arena, One of the Most Memorable Weekends of My Life
119 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
It was very humbling. I embraced all my fellow "Team Pegula" colleagues before I came to Terry and Cliff. At that moment I hugged them both, broke down in tears and told them how much their friendship means to me. It was one of those rare moments that make all the sacrifices all worth it. [Read More]
 At Pegula Ice Arena It's Showtime!
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At Pegula Ice Arena It's Showtime!
121 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
The building is open. The Ice is hard and fast. The dasher board ads are in place. The main scoreboard video is ready to dazzle the crowd, and the pep band is ready to rock the house. Every seat is sold and all standing room only tickets are gone. [Read More]
The Last Skate: A Salute to 32 years at the Greenberg Ice Pavilion
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The Last Skate: A Salute to 32 years at the Greenberg Ice Pavilion
123 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Sunday September 22, 2013 brought about a bittersweet close to a 32 year chapter in the history of Penn State for all the patrons who "laced 'em up" to skate at the Greenberg Ice Pavilion on the Penn State Campus. Tucked next to the football practice facilities and offices it was not unusual for [Read More]
A Very Special Move-In Day at Pegula Ice Arena
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A Very Special Move-In Day at Pegula Ice Arena
125 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
We were at the standard recommended thickness of 1.5 inches of ice and as I skated my first hard lap with a puck on my stick blade, that's when it really hit me. This magnificent building was no longer just a dream but a reality and the "Hockey God's" were smiling on upon Pegula Ice Arena. [Read More]
Things Always Happen in Threes
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Things Always Happen in Threes
127 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I can think of only a few people who deserved to be at the opening of Pegula Ice Arena on October 11 any more than Vance. It is heartbreaking that while he knew our dream had finally come true, he will not be there to savor the moment. [Read More]
Dreaming of Williamsport
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Dreaming of Williamsport
129 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Coach Jeff Shoemaker has done a wonderful job with this group of kids, many of whom have played with or against each other over the past six years. "One Team, One Dream, One Family" was the team motto. [Read More]
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